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Youth justice and crime research and policy resources

Barnardo's Policy and Research Unit have conducted a wide variety of research into youth justice and children in trouble with the law.

These research resources can help practitioners, managers and service planners gain a deeper understanding of the issue and what works to improve outcomes for children and young people.

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Latest youth justice and crime research and resources

Find our latest youth justice and crime research, policy documents, resources and publications below or search the full Barnardo's publications database.

Published date Publication Price
2017

Journey to Justice

by Hannah Marsden

Type: Policy and research documents

Prioritising the wellbeing of children involved in criminal justice processes related to sexual exploitation and abuse.
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Free
2015

Growing Up: an evaluation of horticultural therapy with young people who have a learning disability

by Victoria Gray Armstrong

Type: Miscellaneous

This evaluation report brings together the statistical information from the Growing Up project as well as a wealth of qualitative evidence from interviews with trainees, families, staff, volunteers and referral agencies. The analysis of this data offers insights into what service users have found valuable about the Growing Up experience and what is working well to carry forward into the future.
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Free
2013

Developing pathways into children and family services for mothers involved in the criminal justice system

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This briefing report has been developed to support links and partnership working between professionals in the criminal justice system and in children and family services.
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Free
2013

Working with children with a parent in prison: Messages for practice from two Barnardo's pilot services

by Owen Gill and May Jacobson Deegan

Type: Policy and research documents

This report highlights the practice learning emerging from two of our pilot services based in the community that worked with children and their families affected by imprisonment.
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Free
2011

No Fixed Abode: the accommodation struggle for young people leaving custody in England

by Jane Glover and Naomi Clewett

Type: Policy and research documents

This report shows that children as young as 13 are being released from custody into unsuitable and unsafe housing, leaving them vulnerable to reoffending at huge cost to themselves, society and the Exchequer.
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Free
2010

In Loco Parentis - A Demos report commissioned by Barnardo's

by Celia Hannon, Claudia Wood and Louise Bazalgette

Type: Policy and research documents

The report examines what the care system would look like if it were reconfigured to avoid the delay, instability and abrupt transitions that many young people still experience and demonstrates that a smoother, more proactive care system could also be less costly to the state.
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Free
2010

Every Night You Cry: The realities of having a parent in prison

by Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

Every Night You Cry reports on the poor outcomes of children with a parent in prison, and highlights findings from an audit of children's plans that too many local authorities are failing to address their needs.
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Free
2010

She just cries and cries: Case studies of Devon families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
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Free
2010

From playground to prison: the conveyor belt to crime

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

This report examines the latest available data for 10 and 11 year olds in the criminal justice system and finds that the current process is not the most effective and cost-efficient way of dealing with their offending.
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Free
2009

Locking up or giving up? Why custody thresholds for teenagers aged 12, 13 and 14 needs to be raised

by Jane Glover and Pam Hibbert

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

This report outlines the findings from an analysis of the cases of 214 children aged 12, 13 and 14 who were sentenced to a Detention and Training Order in 2007/8 (46% of the total for this age group).
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Free
2009

Supporting Prisoners' Families

by Naomi Clewett and Jane Glover

Type: Policy and research documents

Supporting Prisoners' Families outlines Barnardo's work with children and families of prisoners across the UK.
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Free
2009

Every Night You Cry: Case studies of 15 Bristol families with a father in prison

by Owen Gill

Type: Policy and research documents

This report has been produced to raise awareness of the emotional and practical impact that the imprisonment of a father has on his children and family.
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Free
2008

Locking up or giving up - is custody for children always the right answer?

by Jane Glover and Pam Hibbert

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

This briefing examines the latest available government data for England and Wales (1996-2006) and reveals that despite continued low levels of violent crime, the use of custody for children aged 10-14 has increased 550%.
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Free
2005

The end of the road - report on asylum and immigration

by Nancy Kelley and Lise Meldgaard

Type: Policy and research documents, Campaign documents

This report gives evidence of the serious damage being done to vulnerable children by a new asylum and immigration policy.
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Free
 

A Barnardo's Northern Ireland policy and practice briefing: Troubled children or children in trouble?

by Gerry Gorman and Pat McGeough with Margaret Kelly

Type: Policy and research documents

A summary of issues and findings from two partnership services, co-ordinated by Barnardo's Northern Ireland, which have developed community based services for young people at risk of entering care or custody.
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Free
 

Committed to Rights (part 2) - Information sheets

Type: Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
 

Committed to Rights (part 3) - self-auditing checklists

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
 

Committed to Rights (part 4) - Synopsis of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Type: Policy and research documents, Tools for professionals

Good practice examples illustrating how participatory work can improve outcomes for children in trouble.
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Free
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